Physical Education & Sport

Qualification: A Level

Never has the study of sport and exercise science been as important as it is today, especially after the success of Team GB in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Sport has now become a major business where there is a demand for sports scientists, experts in biomechanics, sports psychologists and nutritionists. This is a fascinating and absorbing subject, which will deepen your interest and allow you explore three different areas surrounding the world of sport.

What will I study?

Over the two-year course students will be taught by three different teachers who focus on the biology of sport, the psychology of sport and how sport affects society. Students will be learning in a classroom environment where they will explore how the theory can be applied to a sporting situation.

In addition to this, students will need to undertake a practical role, which they will be assessed on. This will contribute towards the overall A Level qualification allowing students to demonstrate their skills in a chosen activity in a fully competitive situation.

Assessment Method:

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sport and Society

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal participation in physical activity and sport

  • Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sport and Society and Technology in Sport

It also involves a practical performance and written project – ‘Optimising Practical Performance in a Competitive Situation’ and then analysing it to suggest improvements. (Practical and Written Coursework)

Future Opportunities & Careers

Studying Physical Education and Sport at A Level will set you up to study Sports Sciences, Sports Nutrition, Sports Physiotherapy or Sports Development at University, as well as many others. It will also allow you to continue on to employment in the forces or leisure industry.

Entry requirements

Merit or better in BTEC Sport or equivalent qualification. Grade 5 or better in Combined Science or Biology GCSE.

Course expenses

We are encouraging all students to purchase a revision guide, costing approximately £20, to support the course. Occasional day visits to Exeter University, and other courses as they become available will usually cost £5 to £10. We expect all students to attend courses which are part of the specification. There may be financial help available for those in need.

 

Head of Department: Mr Alan Cummings

Email: alan.cummings@gryphon.dorset.sch.uk

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